Getting creative with Oxfordshire’s Indies

 In Best Of, Inspiration

We had the pleasure of recently judging Broad Canvas’ Summer Reminiscence Art Competition (see the winners over on their Instagram) and it really reinforced the importance of creativity for us – it helps us relax, can often declutter the mind and it’s just wonderful to create something (regardless of how “good” it is) purely for the joy of it.

And so we’ve rounded up some brilliant indie businesses who can help get your creativity flowing – whether that’s learning a new skill or providing the tools to get you brushing off that old sketch book…



Jessie and her team run a whole host of workshops for children and adults in their fab Eynsham shop. Take a look at their website for upcoming workshops and creative drop-in opening times. You can also pick up craft project boxes to get you creating at home.

Amy Surman Oxford


Tucked at the top of Cowley Road Amy Surman sells jewellery making supplies and holds an array of workshops from silver smithing to beaded jewellery for beginners as well as skilled jewellers. She also has a bespoke service available for wedding jewellery and personalisation.

Pixies Magic Hook Oxford


As well as offering a range of created jewellery and homewares, the wonderful Tunde of Pixie’s Magic Hook also sells DIY kits for getting creative at home. Try out a DIY boho earring kit, a DIY macrame plant hanger how-to or choose from her array of crochet patterns.

Broad Canvas Oxford Paints


The most extensive range of art and craft supplies in Oxford! This great independent art shop was set up as a family owned independent in 1981 and continues to supply the city and beyond with the tools to get creative – whether that’s painting, drawing, model making, origami and more…

British School Of Upholstered Furniture Oxford


The British School of Upholstered Furniture is based just outside Henley on Thames in the South Oxfordshire countryside and offers a comprehensive range of highly creative and hands-on courses for students looking to learn the craft of upholstery, hone their skills or try a new hobby.

The Henna Boutique Oxford


Tanya Vyas has over 10 years’ experience with henna and is inspired by colour and pattern. She aims to use henna as a tool to celebrate who we really are. Book at workshop with her, buy a kit and practice sheets for giving it a go at home or try out some of her mindful colouring packs.

We hope that gives you some inspiration for getting creative at home, and out and about in Oxfordshire. Let us know what creative projects you get up to using #IndieOxford!


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